6. It’s best to choose patterns designed for two-way stretch. These will be designed to fit more closely in a knitted fabric. You can use the Pick-A-Knit guide on our pattern envelopes to work out if your fabric is right for your pattern!
Some scuba is very tight with minimal stretch so match your fabric and pattern accordingly. If your scuba behaves like a woven rather than a jersey knit, choose a woven pattern and install zippers and closures as normal.
7. If you choose a pattern designed for woven fabric but your scuba has stretch, you might be able to make a slightly smaller size and leave out fastenings such as zips. Simply cut the seam with a zip on the fold instead.
8. Scuba can be used to drape dramatically as well as for tight fitting outfits but because it is springy, avoid anything with neat stitched pleats. Full skirts look wonderful as do tulip-shaped hems, asymmetrical hemlines and bold stand-out collars.
9. As the fabric doesn’t fray, you don’t need to finish raw edges – indeed, you can leave them raw for a casual look. If you do wish to finish them, try overlocking with matching thread one layer at a time or using bias binding to wrap around the raw edge.
10. Some scuba fabrics are thicker than others, so if you struggle to feed the scuba through an overlocker to cut and sew, first trim the seam with scissors and just use a
three-thread overlocker to neaten the seams with the knife disengaged.